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It takes a lot of work to create the perfect photograph, but there’s only so much you can do out in the real world. Even if you compose the perfect shot with an interesting foreground and background, you’re still subject to everything the lens sees while the shutter is open. To further refine your images, you can use digital processing software to augment everything from exposure to skin smoothness. If you’re seeing blemishes and wrinkles on your subject, it’s relatively easy to make them go away. Here’s a quick guide on how to smooth skin in Lightroom.
Make Sure Your Subject Is Illuminated
Before you do anything, it’s important to make sure you have proper exposure in the photograph. If your subject isn’t illuminated properly, it could cause wrinkles and blemishes to be much more visible. You can either increase the exposure on the whole image using the appropriate control or use the “whites” slider to make things brighter.
Zoom in for a Better Look
Doing touch-up work on photographs is a delicate procedure, and you don’t want to paint things with a wide brush. To get a natural look out of your skin-smoothing process, zoom in to the area you’d like to edit so you can use smaller brushes for a subtle effect.
Use the Adjustment Brush Tool
To start smoothing the skin, find the adjustment brush tool, which is a small circle surrounded by a larger circle of dots, and it’s just below the histogram on the far right. Click the “effects” menu and select “soften skin.” You can adjust the feather to increase or decrease the intensity of the effect and then click on the areas where you’d like to smooth things out. If you’re having trouble keeping track of where you’ve used the brush, click on “show selected mask overlay,” which is right below the image and turns the affected areas red. Once you’re happy with the way the photo looks, click “done.”
Perfect Your Photographs
The ability to remove unwanted wrinkles and skin blemishes is a powerful tool, and it can open up a whole new world in your photographic pursuits. Not only can you create stunning images of your friends and family, but you’ll also be able to take high-quality professional portraits and headshots for clients. If you’re looking for other photographic elements to go along with your next project, turn to Shutterstock for an extensive online library of royalty-free pictures available on a subscription or a la carte basis.